tv ABC2 News Good Morning Maryland 5AM ABC December 28, 2012 5:00am-5:30am EST
>> going on strike. thousands of dock workers may do that before the end of the year. we are live this morning with new information on how it can affect our economy here in maryland. >> the clock is ticking we are four days away frulg off the fiscal cliff. what law makers are doing to try to avoid an economic disaster. >> the loss of a leader and a hero. this morning we are remembering general norman schwarzkopf and looking at the legacy he left behind on this friday september 28th. good morning -- december 28th. good morning i am charley croweson. >> i am megan pringle. the weather has been the story because we have seeing wild weather and it's been cold. >> some of that is coming up for the weekend. mike masco is standing by to let us know how bad it could be getting. >> we will see a couple inches of snow across the area. today not a problem a few clouds in the afternoon. glen burnie at 35. around the freezing mark in reisterstown and manchester 28 degrees. and here we go winter weather
advisories over the northern tier close to the p.a. line into tomorrow. we are expecting advising that this storm over the tennessee valley will run into cold air and produce a snow event. look at future trend look good during the course of the morning hours. we expect the snow to break out a little after 8 in the morning or 6 in the morning rather and that will take you into your morning hours and early afternoon hours as we go into tomorrow. we are going to show you a snowfall accumulation map coming up in a little bit. we will show you traffic right now lauren cook is the person to do that. hey lauren. >> reporter: hello, mike. if you are heading downtown, no problems whatsoever. 83, nice and clear. traveling southbound from 695 downtown to east fayette street. and here's what 95 looks like at the fort mchenry tunnel. traffic is moving along. heading out to 895, a disabled car has been cleared from the northbound lanes. checking in and looking at the
abc2 timesaver traffic no delays. a normal 11 minutes from 95 up to 83. it's going to take 11 minutes as well on the outer loop from 795 down to 95. that's a look at your traffic. now over to you. we heard a lot about the approaching fiscal cliff but there's a looming deadline that could have a huge impact on the economy. >> a strike involving dock workers could happen this weekend. linda so is live at federal hill and linda this could be affecting us on down the road. >> reporter: we have the port of baltimore generating lots of money and jobs. but the longshoremen thousands of them if they go on strike sunday, everything all of the cargo that comes through the port will be affected. the stuff that's in the containers are clothes toys electronics. just to give you perspective here, 55 billion dollars worth of cargo is handled in an average month by ports on the
east and gulf coast. so if a deal can't be reached by saturday, thousands of dock workers will be walking off the job sunday morning. and at issue are the large containers and the payments longshoremen get. shipping companies pay royalties to dock workers for the containers based on the weight. but they want to get rid of the royalties something longshoremen are not willing to give up. and if an agreement cannot be reached the economic impact from a strike would go well beyond our ports. >> the impact would be great on the dollar value side and on the job side because these ports are major economic generators. >> reporter: and it's not just the port of baltimore that's affected. we are talking about ports from main to texas up to 15,000 longshoremen could go on strike. live in federal hill, linda so, abc2 news. tick to being four days and counting. today the president and congressional leaders will meet at the white house with the hopes of ending the stalemate
of the fiscal cliff. they will attempt to reach an agreement to avoid the problem going into effect january 1st. if they don't, we will see massive tax increases and deep spending cuts. a number of economists worry the financial woes will plunge the state into a recession. the house returns later today. those lawmakers could be in session until january 2nd. that's the day before the new congress is sworn in as for the u.s. senate, they reconvened yesterday. >> we have been swamped with the news of the fiscal cliff but locally, cliff. a law was passed five years ago to require home owners to fill out a one time application to update the data base and cut out the fraud. you can only get a credit on your main home not a rental or a second home. >> i've he been a homeowner for over 30 years so i want my money. >> everybody has gotten at
least two applications mailed directly a their premise address. >> so if you or someone you know foregist by the end of the dead -- forgets by the end of the deadline you will lose out on next year's credit. other top stories for you this morning. the country is mourning the loss of a decorated war hero. retired general norman schwarzkopf passed away at his home in tampa. he is known as stormin norman and the bear gained national attention in 1991 when he led operation desert storm. that was to overthrow iraqi forces out of kuwait and that's what he did. he also fought in vietnam where he earned three silver stars three bronze stars and two purple hearts. after returning from the persian gulf, then president george h.w. bush presented him with a met a -- medal of honor. president bush released a statement calling him a true american patriot and one of the greatest military leaders in his generation. dead at 78. former president george
hwbush offered his condolences from the hospital because he is still in the icu. the 88-year-old is treated for a fever. he's been in the hospital for more than a month after first coming down with bronchitis. his chief of staff sent supporters a note reading president bush ask people to put their harps back in the closet. president bush's family is confident he will be out of intensive care very soon. secretary of tate hillary -- state hillary clinton is heading back to work. she is looking forward to returning next week. she has been out for weeks recovering from a stomach virus and a concussion. she will not travel overseas for a while but her return to the state department means she will probably appear before congress next month when she is expected to testify on the attack in benghazi libya. playoff football is back and today you can get your hands on the tickets. but only if you are going to be sold a few thousand that will. they will go on sale beginning at 10 this morning.
ravens will play at the bank january 5th or january 6th. you can get the playoff tickets through ticket master at 10 this morning. of the became, the ravens got one -- before the game, the ravens got one more regular season game. they are headed to cincinnati to take on the bengals sunday. right now they are the number 4 seed in the playoffs but that could change depending on the outcomes of a number of weekend matchups. bengals are a lock for the 6th seed and they are both in. kick off from cincinnati is set for one. let's find out what the weather is going to be like today and for the weekend. now over to meteorologist mike masco. >> good morning. we look good for today. it's going to be a chilly start this morning and chilly afternoon. cloud increasing and a mess of weather is on et cetera way. carroll county under a winter weather advisory. you will be dealing with some snow by tomorrow morning. clouds starting to move in right now. but the thicker clouds move in during the course of your day. notice the system down to the south tapping into gulf of
mexico moisture. as the system evolves and moves towards the north it will energize and enhance and begin to overspread precip into the area. it starts with snow as we head into saturday morning into saturday afternoon. and then we will kick the storm towards the north and east by saturday evening. so in terms of how much snow to expect. about an inch. one to two for anne arundel county. for the city towards right around the beltway 2 to 3 -- beltway 2 to 3 higher amounts. we will talk about the map coming up in a little bit. now the morning commute and lauren cook is in the traffic center. >> reporter: heading to bwi airport no problems whatsoever. 295 nice and clear. and 95 normal conditions if you heading downtown it's going to take you 12 minutes from elk ridge into the city. and if you are heading out to 695, no delays on the west side of the beltway taking a live look up in hunt valley. 83 at shawan road. no problems to report. that will remain clear as you get on to the jfx and head
downtown. that's your traffic now over to you. many people -- for many people the weather has been making holiday travel challenging. >> the apps you can down load on the smart phone that can help make the interruptions a bit more tolerable. >> also ahead, making new years resolutions can be easy. keeping them is the hard part. coming up, we have tips on ways to make the new year's resolutions a success.
thanks for joining ounce this friday morning. no doubt about it the weather is to blame for serious travel headaches this holiday season. thousands of people are stranded at airports across the country. >> yeah. we all note frozen runways and mounting snow can throw a wrench in travel plans but there are a few apps out there to make the unexpected delays a by the more tolerable. >> get guru maps shopping and amenities closest to your gate. travel nerd has similar information and an overview of ground transportation options to and from the airport. >> we have got to go through a couple of these again. if you stay at a hotel, the
hotel tonight apps helps travelers were with booking -- with booking. >> it will tell you where in relation to your gate to get coffee and get food and it will give you all the information you need. >> perfect. >> it's helpful. >> ready to get stuck in a airport. >> i doesn't think that's a problem at bwi. that's a cool apps. that's awesome. here's what's going on this morning. we are talking temperatures pretty chilly. 39 in the city. annapolis at 36. the winds yesterday, they were gusty. this morning, it's a bit of a breeze out of the northwest soit's make temperatures feel like it's into the upper 20s to 31 in the city. so a wind chill this morning. here's what's going on. a thin veil of clouds moving across the state. thicker clouds over west virginia but notice the storm system doesn't lock like much but it's tapping -- look like much but it's tapping into a
system that will allowed it to expand and become bigger. it will bring in the precip during the course of the late night hour. we are clear through the course of the day. after midnight we will see clouds in here and here comes the snow by the predawn hours for saturday morning. it starts light and there's going to be a thump of moderate snow and in terms of how much snow to expect, about an inch from the bridge to the south. 1 to 2 along d.c. along 95 and southern cecil county and 2 to 3 north of the city up near cockeysville and hunt valley around 2 to 3 and you take 83 on to the north and west, these cold spots northern baltimore county all of carroll county is probably going to be about a 4 inch event for you. those -- right around hunkton in that region and white -- monktonin that region and white hall. if the system gets stronger maybe we will have to revise the totals. it's 40 degrees the 2 degree
guarantee. partly cloudy with diminishing winds. everything moves in for saturday morning. going around 38 degrees for your day on saturday. sunday same deal at 38. 40 on monday new year's eve looks good. new year's day 37 and another system by the tail end of next week. we will talk more about the storm coming up in a little bit. let's talk traffic lauren cook how are we doing. >> reporter: the snow tomorrow will really affect your weekendcompete. so be extra careful if you are heading out tomorrow. if you are traveling up in harford county, 95 nice and clear. there are no problems from mountain road to white marsh and it will remain nice and clear heading downtown. this is what 695 looks like in parkville at harford road. normal 11 minute ride right now on the outer loop from 95 all the way up to 83. and speaking of 83, here's what it looks like in hunt valley. at shawan nothing to get in your way. 21 minutes to travel from the maryland pennsylvania state line down to the beltway. that's a look at your abc2 timesaver traffic. now over to you. >> it's been a few days since
christmas din are but many of you might still have leftovers from the huge family meal. >> this morning's health alert we have tips to make sure you don't get sick while enjoying the leftovers. >> for starters make sure you get the food into the refrigerator quickly to keep bad bacteria from multiplying. and you also want to make sure your refrigerator is set below 40 degrees. when it's time to reheat the leftovers bring the temperatures back to the leaf level to cook it the first time. the academy of nutrition and decisions say you should eat leftovers within 3 to 4 days. that's good to know too because i know we question is it still good. >> is it still good? how does it smell. christmas behind us, we are getting rade to -- ready to focus on the new year. that means a number of resolutions. they could be hard to keep but don't have to be. doctors say to keep an eye on the resolutions to do so, have a plan and start small. if you do that, you will see yourself aiming for bigger more
achievable goals. you should reward yourself for your accomplishment. that way it's going to be easier to get back on track should youfall off the wagon. 5:16. supreme court justice sonja soto meyer -- my -- sotomayor has blocked -- several -- several companies filed to block the care. soto mayor ruled the applicants if they fail -- sotomayor ruled the applicants if they fail to meet the requirements. this morning you will hear from the first baby adopted from moscow as she shares what her life has been like since
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it's a mood igniting protest abroad and leaving parents here at home shell shocked. russian president putin just signed into law a measure banning the adoption of russian children by americans. for some it's political and others say it's personal. since the fall of the soviet union americans adopted more than 60,000 russian children. kayla anderson is one and is now 21 and she was the first baby adopted from moscow ever done by an american family. her biological mother gave her up when she was 21 days old and she came to america in 1992 and says that was a bels -- blessing and has her health a good education and a loving family. >> makes me feel good i have a family here versus if i were there i would be in an orphanage. >> so many loving families that can afor the experience and bring these babies home and give them a lifestyle they
wouldn't have if they stayed in the country. >> kayl and her mother aredevastated to learn americanscan no longer adopt russian children. it will happen within the past half-hour slad mir putin made it a a law. the surprise a come got when she pulled up to her house. why this display is one she will never forget.
this time of year plenty of people have their yards decked out with holiday lights. >> but there was special arrangement you have to see because this caught plenty of eyes especially those for one specific woman. it was a christmas gift she had been waiting for. >> take a look. the creative way this man proposed to his girlfriend of 7 years. he popped the question using christmas lights. don't judge and it read,. [audio not understandable] the bide to be said she -- bride to be said she never saw it coming. . >>i kind of had given up hope for it happening this year and
we drove past my house and there it is. >> he had a number of people relatives and friends help out. one of them set up fireworks for the display the moment he said yes. >> you said 7 years but she feels it was worth the wait. >> she better. >>i the count down is on. we are four days away from the massive tax increase and deep spending cuts. >> we have been talking about this for weeks. what happens if lawmakers fail to come to an agreement? we will breakdown what it could mean for you and your paycheck. >> he was so brutal hily attacked on his -- brutally attacked on christmas day his mother didn't recognize him. >> reporter: topping america's money the dairy cliff starting new year's day the price of mill could be double if congress doesn't pass a new farm bill w no deal in 1949 law kicks in that would force the government to pay dairy farmers much higher prices for milk.
sales of new homes jumped 4.4% to the fastest pace in 2 1/2 years. new home sales are up more than 15% over the past year. ford will spend more than 3/4 of a billion dollars to expand a half dozen plants in michigan reit -- creating more than 2300 jobs part of the promise to invest 6.2 billion dollar in the u.s. plants and create 12,000 jobs by 2015. and the biggest movie flop of 2012 is cop horror film play back grossing 264 dollars meaning about 2 dozen people bought tickets. and that's america's money i am brandi hitt.
>> it's getting cold outside. the first hypothermia related death has been confirmed in maryland. find out how you can stay safe during the wintery season. >> we are worried and talking about going over the fiscal cliff but there's another deadline that could seriously impact our area. we are live this morning with details on how a looming strike could affect you. >> and one man wants a little less talk and a lot more action from our lawmakers. he is fed up with the country's debt and he is doing something about it. notes sitting around talking. he is acting on this trying to fix the fiscal cliff one can at a time. we will tell you all about that on this friday. good morning i am charley crowson. >> i am megan pringle. i like the guy's commitment. >> one can at a time. >> do what you got to do isn't that right. >> send him my way. i have a awful checkbook he can balance. 39 in town. it's chilly north of the beltway. 32 monkton and 32 in bel air n terms of what's on the boards,